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    Sale 2113

    Photographs From The Collection Of Gert Elfering

    10 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 86

    HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)

    A Book of Violetta, Paris, August 1979-1997

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    HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)
    A Book of Violetta, Paris, August 1979-1997
    10 gelatin silver prints in a spiral-bound oblong 4to watercolour sketchpad
    signed, titled, dated and inscribed in ink on a label (on the cover), annotated 'This little book is 1 of 1' in ink (on the inside cover), letter from Monte Carlo, signed and dated '6.10.1997' in ink (on the first page)
    each 3 5/8 x 5 3/8in. (9 x 13.8cm.) or the reverse


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    Newton's letter that introduces this unique album reads: 'Dear Gert, This series of photographs was taken on one very hot day in August 1979* in the tiny apartment of Violetta Sanchez. She is a friend, a favourite model, an actress, a bodyguard at the door of "Les Bains Douches" in those days and model at Y.S.L.. Those were the first pictures I have taken of her. Helmut. *Paris.'

    Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist